British MPs demand an end to human rights violations in Bahrain, and condemn the deportation of a dissident from Serbia

More than 60 MPs from various British parties signed a petition calling for the abolition of death sentences, the release of political prisoners, and the accountability of those involved in human rights violations and torture in Bahrain.

It was stated in the petition – which he published Location The British Parliament – that the Council is concerned about the continuing grave violations of human rights in Bahrain, including the continued arbitrary detention and inhumane treatment of prisoners of conscience, including Abdul-Jalil Al-Singace, Hassan Mushaima, Abdul-Wahhab Hussain, Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja, and Sheikh Ali Salman.

The statement cited Freedom House’s 2021 report, which ranked Bahrain as a not free country and ranked 150 out of 167 countries in the Global Democracy Index issued by The Economist for the year 2020, and 168 out of 180 in the World Press Freedom Index 2021.

Some of the British MPs who signed the petition published by the Parliamentary website (websites)

The petition urged the Bahraini government to release all prisoners of conscience, enable civil society representatives and human rights defenders to work freely, allow genuine political opposition and an independent media, and end the use of the death penalty.

The signatories also called on the Bahraini government to initiate an objective and inclusive dialogue within the country on political and constitutional reform, and to cooperate with human rights organizations and experts, including the United Nations, to allow, among other things, an independent assessment of prison conditions and the reform agenda.

British MPs demanded the government review its funding to Bahrain and other agreements with it, and interview human rights defenders, organizations, representatives of civil society and the non-violent opposition from Bahrain, as well as take measures to hold Bahraini officials responsible for grave human rights violations and bring them to account, according to the British Parliament website.

Deportation of exhibitions from Serbia

In a related context, human rights organizations condemned the deportation of the Bahraini dissident Ahmed Jaafar Muhammad Ali to his country by the Serbian authorities, after an Interpol red notice was issued against him, ignoring the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights not to extradite him.

The human rights organizations wrote a letter to the Emirates-based Royal Jet airline, on which the Bahraini opposition was deported, indicating that this violates the principle of non-refoulement and contravenes the UN guiding principles for business and human rights.

The statement – which was signed by ALQST and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain and 9 other organizations – requested clarifications from this company, including an indication of the extent of its knowledge of the European Court’s decision, as well as whether a traveler is being deported against his will or not, and its policy regarding participation in the deliveries. illegal.

Ali, who was previously sentenced to life imprisonment twice in Bahrain, had applied for asylum in Serbia in November 2021, stressing that he was at risk of torture and death in his homeland.

The European Court of Human Rights has issued a ruling not to extradite Ali to Bahrain until 25 February 2022, pending obtaining more information about his case, in particular “the risks of torture or ill-treatment that the applicant may face if extradited to Bahrain” and considering In the mechanisms by which he can “reconsider the sentence issued against him to life imprisonment in Bahrain.”

Despite this court’s decision, Ali was deported to Bahrain last Monday morning.

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